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Make it a special Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  Why not treat yourself and/or loved ones to an amazing Hawaiian vacation in Kauai.  Imagine gentle trade winds, palm trees swaying, picturesque ocean views, and the sounds of waves rolling up on shore.  No more dreaming of paradise……make it happen, it’s possible.

Perhaps, giving a gift that matters may mean a lot more to you than a vacation.  Every year Allure Kauai donates to honorable charities and good cause.  Why we believe you should donate towards good cause?  It’s Good for you, it makes your world a better place, and tax deductions!!  Be sure to contact the Better Business Bureau for very important information before doing so.

Make this Valentine’s Day a very special one…

Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair

You’ve probably already noticed the big excitement going on at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.  Yes, it’s here again the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.  The four-day fair begins this evening, Thursday August 25th and runs til Sunday, August 28th matinee.

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair is the larges annual event on Kauai which supports both agriculture and the Kauai community as a whole.  It is a community wide event with a strong focus on Kauai’s diverse agricultural industry.  This year’s fair will feature agriculture displays, commercial displays, a petting zoo the 4-H livestock display, EK Fernandez rides and games, great food, and the best entertainment on the island.

The event is open to the public.  So bring your entire family to this fun event.

Top 10 Restaurant Recommendations

We all love to eat, especially while on vacation.  Here are some of my favorite recommendations that I feel you will absolutely love.  I guess it all depends whether you’re taste is Mexican, Pacific Rim, Asian, Hawaiian, or whatever your desires are you will enjoy!

1) Monico’s Taqueria

2) Kauai Pasta

3) Dolphin Restaurant Sushi Bar

4) Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant

5) Brick Oven Pizza

6) Kauai Grill at St. Regis

7) Hamura Saimin

8) Post Cards Cafe

9)  Yum Cha

10) Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill

North Shore Fishing Tourney

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Source:  Garden Island Newpaper

HANALEI — The crowd screamed when an ahi brought in by an angler known as Ziggy settled at 192.2 pounds, Saturday at the Hanalei Pier.

“They’re going to go nuts when the other big one comes in,” one of the weigh crew said, smiling at the reaction of the spectators who pushed their way to the yellow caution tape, working their cell phones for a photo while others simply wanted a better look at the big boy.

Two early entries tipped the scales at 134.2 pounds and 136.4 pounds leading spectators to comment about how people already missed a lot of the action.

But that was not the case at the 3rd annual North Shore Fishing Tournament as Eddie Abubo eased his way to the front of the taped off area.

Waiting on the outside, Clay Abubo and his crew were unassuming, working their boat to the floating dock and working the fish box, extracting gasps from the audience as a big tail tumbled onto the deck.

The hitch was fastened and Wayne Tanji worked the remote to hoist the catch.

As predicted by the weigh crew, the audience went wild with screams and cheers as Gary Pacheco, manning the microphone, announced the weight of 199.2.

That proved to be the winning entry in the ahi category.

It was followed just minutes later when a shuttle brought in another ahi and an ono by Stan Morinaka, the ono soaring to the top with a reading of 41.2 pounds.

Jordan Kahananui topped the aku category on a 28.4-pound fish and a 16.8-pound mahimahi topped that category for Jim Spencer.

But the top fish in the categories were not the only thing going home with the 50 boats entered in the tournament.

Chad Pacheco, chair of the tournament for the third year, said the purpose of the tournament is to build camaraderie among the fishermen and the community.

“Every boat which checked in received either a pair of binoculars or a lure head, courtesy of an anonymous donor,” he said.

“In addition to the prizes at this tournament, there is the Mike Sakamoto Challenge, a state competition where the grand prize is a trip for four to Las Vegas. The category in that Challenge is aku.”

Chad Pacheco said the Garden Island Trollers also put up a side pot for a random pull following the tournament as a surprise prize.

Another fun prize was the bouy, signed by all of the committee members and released by a boater, the finder of that bouy earning a special prize.

Nine hours after being released, one of the boats called in the find.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the tournament,” Chad Pacheco said. “This year, the committee decided on the fun prize as kind of a scavenger hunt for fishermen.”

He said over the years, they’ve had dialog with the fishermen, resulting in the introduction of the floating dock at this year’s weigh in.

Another aspect for this year’s tournament was longer fishing times.

“This is what they wanted,” Chad Pacheco said, announcing additional minutes of fishing via the radio. “But I’m only the captain. The crew (committee) makes it easy for me because they want to build this tournament to be known as ‘the tournament to be in.’”

This year’s tournament featured 50 boats, an improvement over the 45 boats in the first tournament and 38 boats from last year’s tournament.

Allure Kauai’s Top 10 Things to Do

Welcome to the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai.  Whether this is your very first visit to Kauai or maybe you’ve been here many of times before, consider yourself lucky to experience one of the worlds most amazing places.  I am truly blessed to have been raised on this magical slice of paradise.  There are a few secret treasures on Kauai that I highly recommend you do while visiting the Garden Island.  Now remember…always use your best judgement. If in doubt, don’t go out!  Use common sense at all times.  Be cautious and protect yourself and loved ones by practicing safety first.

1) Hike to Hanakapiai Falls

2) Napali Boat Tour

3) Queens Bath

4) Zip Lining on Kauai’s north shore

5) Drive up to Koke’e State Park

6) Polihale Beach

7) Kayaking Hanalei River/Bay

8) Camping at Kalalau Beach (permits required)

9) Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant

10) Snorkeling

While there are so much more to do these top 10 things to do are worth considering.  PLEASE check with all state and county officials for more information ocean and weather condition prior to your adventures.

Be safe and have fun!!